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How to Fix a Button on Jeans

Eugene writes a variety of articles on the Maven coalition network of sites, covering topics such as gardening, DIY, photography, and STEM.

Over time, a stud button can wear its way out of the fabric of a pair of jeans, from all the pulling and tugging to fasten it (especially if the jeans are a tight fit!). You can easily fix this with some waste cloth and a couple of tools with practically no cost involved.

What You'll Need

  • Jeans that need repairing
  • Screwdriver or utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Extra piece of old denim
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Hemming tape
  • Iron
  • Hammer
  • Block of wood
Button pulled out of jeans waistband.

Button pulled out of jeans waistband.

Step 1: Remove the Button and Pull the Two Sections Apart

If the button can't be easily removed, pry it off the jeans with a screwdriver or cut it out with a scissors or utility knife. Next, pull the two sections apart with pliers.

Pull the pin out of the button stud.

Pull the pin out of the button stud.

Step 2: Cut a Piece of Cloth for the Back of the Jeans

You can replace the button and relocate it either side of the original hole. However, it could make your jeans too loose or tight. The alternative is to cut a piece of cloth material and use it to reinforce the back of the hole. The button then attaches onto this through the worn hole in the jeans fabric. I cut a piece of denim from an old pair of jeans.

Cut a piece of cotton from old clothes.

Cut a piece of cotton from old clothes.

Step 3: Prepare the Hemming Tape

You can sew on the patch at the back by hand or with a sewing machine, but you need to use matching thread to hide the stitches. I use this adhesive hemming tape which is a quick and simple solution. It melts when heated with an iron. Cut some strips to suit and overlap slightly so they're the same area as the piece of cloth you're attaching.

Hemming tape

Hemming tape

Hemming tape in position.

Hemming tape in position.

Step 4: Position the Cloth Patch and Iron

Carefully position the piece of cloth so that it doesn't disturb the tape underneath. Set the iron to cotton and using a damp cloth, hold the iron in place for usually 10 seconds, but check the instructions that came with the tape.

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Cloth piece in position.

Cloth piece in position.

Using a damp cloth on top, iron for about 10 seconds.

Using a damp cloth on top, iron for about 10 seconds.

Step 5: Push the Pin Through the Fabric to the Front

Push the pointy pin section of the stud button through the piece of fabric. If this is difficult, you can make a small hole with the point of a scissors blade or small screwdriver.

Push the pin through the fabric.

Push the pin through the fabric.

Step 6: Hammer the Two Halves of the Button Together

Using a light hammer and with the button upside down, tap the rivet back into place. To protect any work surface from damage, use a block of wood or similar under the button.

Hammer the pin back into the button.

Hammer the pin back into the button.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Eugene Brennan

Comments

Eugene Brennan (author) from Ireland on October 17, 2021:

Thanks Alexander. Always better to fix things than throw them out.

Alexander Okelo from Nairobi, Kenya on October 16, 2021:

Great read. I almost always throw away my jeans with a broken stud button.